UNT Green Jackets Continue Long Tradition of Service
For more than 90 years, the Green Jackets have demonstrated a true passion for service toward UNT and its community, are outstanding students in the classroom and constantly serve as role models for their peers. They also have shown strong leadership skills both on and off campus.
The history of the Green Jackets dates back to 1926 when they were founded by Buelah Harriss, the first woman to be hired into the athletics department of what was then North Texas State Normal College. Harriss established the Green Jackets as a service and spirit organization, and she served as the faculty advisor for four decades.
The primary goal of the Green Jackets, which has around 35 members each year, is to assist the UNT vice president for student affairs by serving as guides for visiting notables, helping with campus forums and events and making the campus more welcoming for students and guests. Every year, they assist with a variety of events, including Convocation, Mean Green Fling, UNT Founders Day, Career Fairs, Distinguished Lecture Series, Homecoming Week, Honors Day and Commencement, among many others.
“The Green Jackets are just special,” said Brittany Landau, coordinator of special projects, who co-advises the Green Jackets with Graduate Assistant Courtney Crumpton. “They are a group of students selected by their peers to give back to the university that has already given them so much.”
The Green Jackets also have a strong record of high academic achievement and community service. During the 2016 – 2017 academic year, they earned a cumulative GPA of 3.4 and completed a total of 1,329 hours of service.
“I have always had a passion for giving back to my community, and the Green Jackets represent the type of leadership and service I wanted to provide,” said Aries Nuño, public health major and Green Jacket historian.
“This organization provides great opportunities to serve the UNT community, give back to society, network and enhance your resume, and it can help individuals involved grow in specific areas of their lives,” said Raven Bagley, human development and family science major with a minor in counseling.
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